Women's PGA Championship moved to October

The Women's PGA Championship has been postponed to October but the LPGA has announced it wants to restart the 2020 Tour by the middle of July.

30-Apr-2020 By Australian Associated Press
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Australia's Hannah Green will get to keep her PGA Championship trophy at least until October after the year's first scheduled major was postponed Wednesday because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The women's PGA Championship was due to be held June 25-28 at Aronimink Golf Club in Pennsylvania but will now be played from October 8-11.

It is among a raft of changes because of COVID-19, with the season now scheduled to finish five days before Christmas.

Perth's Green won last year's tournamant at Hazeltine - her first victory on the LPGA Tour - to become the first Australian woman since Karrie Webb at the Kraft Nabisco in 2006 to win a major.

The ANA Inspiration and the US Women's Open, the two other US-based women's majors, had already been rescheduled, to September and December respectively.

Two other of the five women's majors, the Evian Championship in France and the women's British Open, are both set for August.

The Evian was moved back two weeks to August 6-9, while the British Open is scheduled for August 20-23 at Royal Troon, Scotland.

The Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) is hoping to get the 2020 season under way with the Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational from July 15-18, the start of what will be a busy second half of the year.

The tournament at the Midland Country Club in Michigan is one of 21 to be staged between July and December, if a return to play is possible due to the virus.

"One thing that has become clear is that there will be no 'opening bell' regarding a return to safe play in this new normal of the COVID-19 pandemic," LPGA Commissioner Mike Whan said in a statement on Wednesday.

"We have built a schedule that we think is as safe as possible given what we know about travel bans, testing availability, and delivering events that our sponsors and our athletes will be excited to attend."

However, Whan warned the pandemic would have a "staggering" impact on finances and the organisation would emerge much leaner.

"It's a staggering financial impact year," he said. "It doesn't take us to our knees. It doesn't put us on a death watch.

"We've saved more money in the last 10 years than in the 60 years before, but it's possible in 2020 we could eat up most of the savings we saved in the last 10 years in 10 months.

"We can afford what 2020 is going to throw at us, but we'll definitely come out of this a much leaner LPGA than we were when we walked into 2020."

He said they were looking at playing fan-free in France (The Evian Championship) and Scotland (British Open) where the restrictions were still pretty tight.

"Will we have to play those fan free? We're going to decide in mid-to-late June the final decision and how we play, if we play each of those events."


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